Over the years, mostly in the 1990s IIRC, there has been a lot of talk about certain enhanced penalties for “gun crimes”. Even some supposedly on the pro rights side have advocated them, presumably as a compromise to prevent some other, more egregious infringement.
I thought we had dispatched the whole concept years ago, but it came up again in comments here, so I figure it’s time to update some folks who might be new to this game of official, wholesale coercion and persecution of different groups, verses liberty. Besides that, we all know by now that the leftist playbook is very short, and so they have to recycle the old ideas and find a way to make them new again every few years or so.
What you’re saying when you advocate special punishments for “gun crime” is that the same, or very similar, crime committed without a gun is somehow less criminal. What you’re saying is that gun owners are to be treated the way black people were treated before civil rights.
Do you really want to go there?
My sister and her approximately three year old daughter were murdered in their own home by an invader. The killer used a kitchen knife to brutally stab and slash my sister to death, in the presence of her daughter, and then the daughter was strangled to death with a shoestring as the murder weapon.
So you’re saying; “Oh, well thank goodness they were killed with a knife and shoestring, because being shot with a gun would be…just terrible!” And you’re saying to the murderer; “Thank you, my good man, for using a knife and a shoestring instead of a gun. That’s the way we like to see it. Now you’ll get off a little easier.”
One of our music store customers in his early teens was minding his own business one night when a carload of other kids stopped, got out, and clubbed him with a baseball bat. He dragged himself some blocks to the steps of a nearby business, and died from the massive head injuries.
“His parents should count their lucky stars their boy wasn’t shot, ’cause that would have been bad news!”
That’s just as stupid and bigoted as saying that, as an alternative to slavery, we should just have enhanced penalties for black people who commit crimes, and referring to that as “pro civil rights advocacy”. With friends like that I don’t need enemies. I know the enhanced-penalty-for-the-presence-of-guns concept has been bandied about by supposedly pro gun legisladiots, and that you might have been fooled for a moment, but don’t let it happen again. Now you know– such ideas come either from the anti rights movement or from people who can’t think straight and don’t understand what the words “rights” and “justice” mean. We can all do much better without them mucking up the waters.
ETA; Maybe the slavery reference wasn’t the best one. Maybe it should be, “…as stupid and bigoted as saying that, as an alternative to outright lynchings, we should have enhanced penalties for blacks who commit crimes…” Makes everybody happy, right? Everyone gets a little something.
In any case, when we stick to the basic truths, we win. When you compromise the basic principles, you’ve relegated the concept of rights to the back of the bus. You’ve just lost. Creating enhanced penalties for one group verses another is outright dumb, and evil, regardless of the political/tactical environment. If you can’t stand on the principle of basic rights, equality, liberty and justice, well thank you for applying but no– we just can’t use you at this time. Coward.